Photo: Spider Web at Sunrise

Spider Web at Sunrise

Spider Web at Sunrise

Now that I “have the time” and fewer material distractions I try to seek  joy in simple things. Things that I might have missed before because I didn’t have the undistracted presence to notice. A simple act of kindness, a warm smile or the elegant beauties of small things in nature were all things that I often overlooked because I didn’t possess the mindfulness to notice. Being mindful requires hard effort and concentration but I am working on it. Sometimes that work is rewarded with a memory such as this one – a simple spider’s web covered with dew tucked deep in a foggy valley in remote Chiapas. How many things did I miss before because I allowed seemingly urgent or persistent things to distract me from what was important? How many things do I still miss because I didn’t start practicing earlier?

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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